KIELER, WIS. ─ PSSI, a leading food safety and contract sanitation provider, appointed Doug White to the newly created position of chief operating officer and promoted Jake Watts to its executive leadership team as senior vice president of shared services effective immediately.
In his new role as COO, White will continue to work directly with the executive team and operational leadership to drive PSSI’s company strategy and vision. White will lead the company’s ongoing operational growth focusing on operational excellence, continuous improvement and driving PSSI strategy.
“We are excited for Doug to expand his operational leadership and drive strategy across our entire company,” said Dan Taft, president and CEO. “His extensive leadership experience, strategic thinking, and expertise in continuous improvement will help us deliver premier food safety services to our partners in new and innovative ways.”
With more than 25 years of experience in the food processing and distribution industry, White joined PSSI in 2013 through an acquisition and spent five years leading strategic planning and procurement as vice president of corporate development. He officially became SVP of operations for the Western Region in May of 2017, where he led PSSI’s operational partnerships for more than 100 food processing plants across the US and Canada.
Watts, entering his new role as SVP of shared services, will provide direction and leadership over the safety, food safety, sales, and marketing functions to ensure resources and programs are aligned to support the overall strategic direction of PSSI.
“Jake is an incredible leader, coach and mentor,” said Taft. “We’ve seen the positive impact he has had on PSSI’s food safety culture and we are excited to see Jake broaden his reach and drive strategic support as the newest member of our executive leadership team.”
Watts led the Food Safety department as vice president since joining PSSI in March of 2018. In this role, he had direct oversight of corporate programs and regulatory affairs as it pertained to food safety. Under his leadership, the food safety team grew by 300% and many innovative programs were implemented which has enhanced PSSI’s food safety culture.